This morning, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released it’s latest “booster seat” ratings. The group found 15 of 17 seats introduced in 2012 have earned their “Best Bet” rating.
However, two boosters are not recommended because they don’t provide proper belt fit and consumers are advised to avoid them.
We happen to own one those.
The Safety 1st All-in-One and Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite, both made by Dorel Juvenile Group are older designs. These models are 3-in-1s that can be used as rear-facing and forward-facing child restraints with a built-in harness.
In my car, Chloé rides in the Britax Marathon 70, which I love. I can’t brag enough about Britax. But in my husband’s car and my mother’s car, she rides in the Alpha Omega Elite.
While Chloé is probably in that car seat in either car maybe once or twice a month, it still scares me. Apparently there was a recall on the seat and I never heard about it.
“The Institute evaluated and rated new booster seats to see how well they position seat belts on a four to eight year old kid. We launched our ratings program after research showed that most boosters weren’t doing a good job positioning seat belts correctly and consistently in a variety of vehicles,” said Anne McCartt, Senior Vice-President, Research, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
According to The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, these seats should work well as child restraints, but they aren’t the best option for boosters because they leave the lap belt too high on the abdomen and the shoulder belt too far out on the shoulder.
Important information on Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite:
Tested model: #22465
Results also apply to: #22456/22195/22187
Dorel Juvenile Group has issued a safety recall on this convertible model built from May 1, 2008 through April 30, 2009 involving the harness locking and release button. Registered owners will receive a free remedy kit; all others should email DJG at [email protected] or call 1-866-623-3139.
For more information go to www.iihs.org.